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New year means more new fad diets!

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 5:03pm

With the New Year, magazines are again full of advice on how to lose weight quickly.

Self-appointed celebrity experts are having a field day with their water-diets (I made that up), blood-type diet or simply eating only yellow foods (also made up – I hope).

Every January, this column rants a bit (or a lot) about these miracle diets that are making the rounds every year.

Don’t get me wrong – I need to lose weight just as much as others but the thought of a diet fills me with pure horror.

I have a friend who has followed every diet out there – from shakes, soup, sour cream (that is not made up) to just eating eggs.

She joined Weight Watchers and took diet pills. And the result as per today: she is heavier than she has ever been.

Every time she tells me that she read about this and that diet, I try my best to convince her that she needs to change her entire eating habits in order to lose weight long-term.

The problem with a lot of people is that they are hoping for a quick fix – starve yourself for two weeks and lose a stone. If anyone promises you that you will lose a certain amount in a short time, trust me, it won’t fix your weight problem.

I know exactly what my problem is – my lifestyle has changed but I have not adjusted my diet accordingly.

I am not as active anymore and need to reduce my daily calorie intake.

I know that – but it doesn’t stop me from stuffing my face with a full-blown pizza though!

I don’t need calories on a menu to tell me that half a pizza would be a better choice. I am a greedy person, so I will go for the full size version every time.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not eat pizza every day and the rest of my diet is pretty good.

I eat fresh food, avoid processed food, have a good balance (although I love my bread) and I am healthy despite the extra pounds.

Going on a diet is not for me – I know myself too well. I would obsess over food the second I think I can’t have a certain meal. Diets aren’t for me at all. So, I need to get active again in order to burn my gluttonous intake. Let’s see how that works out.

And in order to keep myself focused, I agreed to give a cookery class on tasty dishes that won’t break the calorie-bank at the Wooden Spoons Cookery School near Blarney on Tuesday 15 and 22 January.

The focus will be on a balanced lifestyle (we will have a fitness expert at hand as well to give advice on exercise).

And yes, I know how to control calories – I am just very bad at thinking about these little creatures when I am cooking.

The recipes are easy to prepare and I have calculated the calories, fat and carb content.

Check out Wooden Spoons Cookery School for details and bookings. The class might be just the thing I need to get kickstarted myself!


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